Social Studies Department

Welcome to the History / Social Studies Department

Here is what students will experience and discover in our classes:

  • Students will have the opportunity to critically examine current issues facing the U.S. and the world around us. 

  • Since it is impossible to understand the present without studying the past, we explore the historical background of current issues to better grasp the complexity of our own time. 

  • Students will delve deeply into both the history of social movements for change and present-day issues affecting all of our lives.  We will examine how race, ethnicity, class, immigration status and gender impact social institutions, policies, and individual experiences.  

  • Students will be encouraged to connect their own lives with broader questions facing society – and asked to bring their own thoughts and experiences into the classroom.  

  • Our courses will challenge and prepare students to engage with college-level reading materials, to develop research skills and methodology, and opportunities to advance as expository writers. They will learn to critically analyze media, distinguishing fact from opinion and uncovering bias. 

  • And there will be plenty of opportunities for debate, discussion and dialogue. 

History Courses offered at Mission High

  • 9th Grade

    • Ethnic Studies
    • Geography
  • 10th Grade

    • Modern World History

  • 11th Grade

    • U.S. History
    • U.S. History Honors
    • U.S. History Newcomer Program and Leadership Class
    • Peer Resources Critical Thinking and Social Change (CTE Educator Pathway)
  • 12th Grade

    • American Democracy/Economics
    • American Democracy/Economics Honors
    • Agriculture American Democracy/Ag Economics (CTE Urban AF Pathway)
    • Ethnic Studies Honors Step To College
    • Peer Resources Teaching for Diversity (CTE Educator Pathway)

This page was last updated on August 17, 2020